1st Comic-Con of the MeToo Era Grapples with Harassment
7/20/2018 1:51:37 PM

By Lindsey Bahr LOS ANGELES—Comic-Con, the annual gathering of over 130,000 fans, artists, collectors and geek culture savants, has already been changed by the (hash)MeToo and Time's Up era, with at least one notable figure stepping aside due to sexual misconduct allegations. But questions remain about its atmosphere and whether convention organizers will take any extra steps to address longstanding allegations of harassment issues during the event which kicked off Wednesday night in San Diego. The convention has always been a home for comic book and genre enthusiasts, and a...

Seal with Members of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Corinne Bailey Rae Tonight
7/18/2018 4:37:23 PM

Seal, the legendary British singer has always brought a keen sense of soul to his performances. On his latest release, Standards, he showcases his jazz chops on new arrangements of Rat Pack-era tunes. He’ll bring that swing and sophistication to the opening night of our Jazz series. Dynamic British jazz singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae kicks off the evening. Accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Thomas Wilkins...

Estefans: Immigration Debate Has Fueled Reaction to Musical
7/18/2018 4:35:30 PM

By Mike Cidoni Lennox LOS ANGELES (AP)—Gloria and Emilio Estefan credit President Donald Trump with boosting audience enthusiasm for their stage musical “On Your Feet!” As the immigration debate has heated up, so have audiences' reactions to scenes in new stage musical that spins around two immigrants, the Grammy winners said in a recent interview. “On Your Feet!” tells the story of the Estefans, who fled Cuba, settled in Miami and eventually attained the American dream. They built a musical empire with a string of successes, including their signature song, “Conga.” The show...

‘THE PECULIAR PATRIOT’ OPENS AT NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE
7/18/2018 4:32:12 PM

NEW YORK—The Peculiar Patriot, Liza Jessie Peterson’s powerful one-woman show and scathing indictment of the criminal justice system, opened last Friday to fanfare at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) in Harlem. The show is directed by Talvin Wilks and produced by NBT and Hi-ARTS and runs through July 29. Among the notables attending were singer-actress Rhonda Ross; actors Maechi Aharanwa (Sweet), Ryan Shaw (Motown: The Musical), Donnell E. Smith (Kill Move Paradise) and Renicka Williams (Sweet); playwrights Nikkole Salter (co-writer, Pulitzer Prize-nominated play In the...

Attorney Calls Tattooed Sheriff's Deputy Testimony ‘Bone-Chilling'
7/18/2018 3:50:13 PM

LOS ANGELES—Sheriff Jim McDonnell insists the department is continuing to investigate a fatal deputy-involved shooting that has led to allegations of a secret society of tattooed deputies within the agency's Compton station, and any wrongdoing discovered during the probe will be punished. “My expectations are very clear as to employee behavior and performance,” McDonnell said in a statement Friday, adding the tattoo uncovered during a deposition in a pending wrongful-death lawsuit “is a cause for concern but does not in any way” reflect the culture within the sheriff's...

Woman Charged with Beating Elderly Man
7/18/2018 3:48:10 PM

COMPTON—A woman who allegedly used a block of concrete to repeatedly beat a 91-year-old grandfather in Willowbrook on the Fourth of July was charged Thursday with attempted murder and elder abuse. Laquisha Jones, 30, of Los Angeles pleaded not guilty at her arraignment at the Compton courthouse in connection with the beating of Rodolfo Rodriguez near East 118th and Robin Streets. She is due back in court July 26. The aftermath of the Fourth of July attack was captured on cell phone video that shows Rodriguez on the ground, with blood covering much of his face. Rodriguez, who told...

Local Students Among Milken $10 Thousand Scholarship Recipients
7/18/2018 3:40:54 PM

SANTA MONICA—A few years ago, Vanessa Felix noticed an uptick in “girl drama” and social media conflicts at Animo Inglewood Charter High School (AICHS). Instead of chalking it up to typical teenager behavior, Vanessa decided to do something about it. She founded the Women Empowerment Club to create a safe, confidential community beyond cliques, where the school’s young women talked about societal expectations and shared their own personal gender-related experiences. A few miles south in Lynwood, Kimberly Wenceslao of Firebaugh High School (FHS), raised funds for seniors to visit colleges...

Lynwood Students Indulge in Love of Reading at District Literacy Event
7/18/2018 3:35:42 PM

LYNWOOD—More than 250 students and their families journeyed through a world of books on June 27 when they enthusiastically flipped through pages of classic tales and even read passages aloud. The young readers were inspired by their favorite stories during the Lynwood Unified Scholastic Literacy Event, which gathered administrators, teachers and children at the District office. Students posed for pictures with Clifford the Big Red Dog® before choosing up to three books to take home with them. The books were provided by the District, Scholastic and community partners. “This event is...

SLIME Recipe: 5 oz. Elmer's clear' glue, liquid starch and mud
7/18/2018 3:31:10 PM

Combine the 5 oz. bottle of glue with a few spoonfuls of mud and stir until well-mixed. Then stir in 1/2 cup of liquid starch and knead the mixture with your hands. If the slime is still sticky after kneading, add in a little more starch. It should last a few weeks, if stored in a sealed plastic...

Feinstein Fights to Deny Democratic Rival Official Party Nod
7/18/2018 3:26:30 PM

By Kathleen Ronayne SACRAMENTO (AP)—U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is tapping into her political Rolodex to convince California Democratic Party leaders to not formally endorse a candidate in her November race against fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon. She says it's to avoid an intraparty fight, but her effort if successful will thwart her longshot rival's very real chance at capturing the party nod when the committee votes Saturday. A 26-year incumbent like Feinstein wouldn't ordinarily find herself in this position but does for a couple of reasons: The party has moved farther left in the...